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Biographical entry Craig, Clifford (1896 - 1986)

3 August 1896
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
5 September 1986
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Radiologist and Surgeon


Clifford Craig was for many years Surgeon-Superintendent at the Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania, where his research included attempts to cure diabetes by transplantation of foetal pancreatic tissue. Under his tenure the Hospital became a centre for the training of doctors. His program to improve nurse training included the publication of a nursing handbook that was used as a text for many years. Craig retrained as a radiologist when a soap allergy caused him to cease his surgical practice: for over 20 years he was in private practice and Honorary Radiologist at Launceston General Hospital. He was active in professional organisations, including serving long terms as President or Chairman of the Medical Council of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Branch of the College of Radiologists of Australasia and the Tasmanian Cancer Committee. Craig was enthusiastic about the history of Tasmania and active in the foundation and management of the Tasmanian Branch of the National Trust of Australia. The Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust was Founded in 1992 to raise money for medical research.



1916 - 1918
Career position - Served in the Middle East in 1916-18 as a medical orderly
Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1924 - 1925
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Melbourne Hospital
1925 - 1926
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Children's hospital, Melbourne
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
1926 - 1931
Career position - Surgeon-Superintendent, Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania
Education - MS, University of Melbourne
Education - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1931 - 1941
Career position - In private practice in Launceston, Tasmania
1932 - 1941
Career position - Honorary Surgeon, Launceston General Hospital
Career position - President, Tasmanian Branch, British Medical Association
1941 - 1947
Career position - Member, Federal Council, British Medical Association
1941 - 1951
Career position - Surgeon-Superintendent, Launceston General Hospital
1949 - 1952
Career position - Chairman, Tasmanian State Committee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1951 - 1976
Career position - Chairman, Tasmanian Cancer Committee
1953 - 1956
Career position - President, Medical Council of Tasmania
Education - Diploma in Diagnostic Radiology, University of Melbourne
1954 - 1977
Career position - Radiologist in private practice and at Launceston Hospital
1966 - 1976
Career position - Tasmanian State Chairman, College of Radiologists of Australasia
1970 - 1973
Career position - President, Australian Cancer Society
Award - Life Member, Royal Australasian College of Radiologists
Life event - Retired

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Published resources


  • Morris, John, Dr Clifford Craig: a man for all seasons (Launceston, Tas.: Clifford Craig Medical Research Fund, 2002), 78 pp. Details
  • Richards, Paul A., Morris, John C. H. and Scott, Allan, Master Surgeons: John Ramsay, Clifford Craig and Max Clemons: 2002 papers and proceedings (Launceston: Launceston General Hospital Historical Committee, 2002), 27 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Grant, Rodney E., 'Obituary: Dr Clifford Craig', Australasian Radiology, 31 (1987), 224-5. Details


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